Carter is the Director of Astrovisualization at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History.
While the fashion business shakes over the new wave of Paris Hilton-types in the front row, I am quaking over Carter, whose fashion reflects both his travels worldwide and literally out of this world, as the one who is responsible for taking the science of the universe and making it visible. He feels that to understand something and to turn it into a whole career, one should have a deep knowledge of that subject. Carter has not only worked at NASA and with the second person to walk on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, he regularly visits and studies about places such as the Hindu Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia, a ruin built in the twelfth-century that he has been fascinated with since he was a kid. He feels that places like this, as well as cathedrals and other stone edifaces that are odes to God, are models of the universe in their attempt to reach for the heavens, much like the plantetarium today. The jewelry and scarves piled on his neck and wrists, from Bangkok, Vietnam, Mali, Greece, and many places in between, are as much a reflection of the all-encompassing scope of his life as a scientist of the stars as his jumpsuit from 8th St. circa 1985 (worn as much for fashion as for the hope of going into space). Carter’s office is a virtual, cosmic, mind-blowing creative explosion of everything from children’s toys and books to the most esoteric publications and every conceivable artifact of the journey of his life imaginable (see the picture captions). In the case of Carter, the leopard jeans and Dirty Rat Bastard sneakers are all about the vision of the man who wears them. I don’t know many whose perspective literally comes from Mars and back.